Commercial HVAC 101 for Property Managers
As a property manager, you have a lot of different responsibilities. A major concern for many property managers is the HVAC system working properly and efficiently. When HVAC equipment breaks down, it often leads to the discomfort of those who use the building every day. While in some cases this may only be a few people, in other cases, it could be hundreds and even thousands of different people being affected negatively. Not to mention, repairs for major issues could be very costly.
For all of these reasons, Cates Heating and Cooling thinks it is very important that property managers know as much as possible about the HVAC systems being used in their commercial buildings.
Types of Commercial HVAC Equipment
Most property managers don’t know the difference between different types of HVAC systems. This can make it difficult for property managers to talk to HVAC service professionals about what they have and how to properly care for it. Here are a few basic descriptions of different types of commercial HVAC systems:
Variable Air Volume: Also called VAV systems, variable air volume systems maintain thermal comfort by varying the amount of cooled or heated air that is delivered to each space in the building.
Constant Air Volume: Constant volume systems (CAV) deliver constant airflow into each space of the building, and changes in temperature are made by heating or cooling the air or turning the system on and off.
Dual Duct: Dual duct systems use a fan to discharge air. This air is directed through the cooling or heating coil. Two separate ducts feed hot and cold air into the same space.
Single Zone: A single zone system supplies air at a constant temperature to one area of the building or the entire building all at once. There is only one thermostat for a single zone system.
Multiple Zone: A multiple zone system has two or more supply ducts coming off of the same HVAC unit to supply air of different temperatures to different parts of the building. There will be more than one thermostat for a multiple zone system.
Commercial HVAC Equipment Maintenance
Commercial HVAC systems should last at least 10 to 15 years, but a key to keeping your unit in good working order for this long is regular maintenance. Preventative maintenance is performed on HVAC equipment to ensure that the system is working properly and efficiently. As a commercial property manager, you want to make sure that you are catching issues before they become a big problem and end up costing a ton of money for repairs or even replacing the system entirely.
Maintenance needs may be different for every property depending on the system and the needs of those in the building. For these reasons, it is a good idea to contact a local HVAC service company to discuss your needs specifically. And since these systems are extremely complex, it is important that you don’t try to clean or perform maintenance on these expensive pieces of equipment yourself if you don’t have the proper training or experience.
At Cates Heating and Cooling, we recommend having a technician come out at least twice a year to make sure that your equipment is in good working order and clean. By performing twice annual service, we are also more likely to find major problems with your HVAC system before they become serious enough to cause damage to the system overall. To learn more about what we do during these maintenance visits, check out our commercial HVAC maintenance plans. Get ahold of one of our technicians at 913-888-4470.